Students Partner to Raise Money for Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship

By Danielle Sweetser

Throughout his four years at SUNY Cobleskill, Nicholas Failla was an active member of the Society of Agricultural Engineers club. Embracing the mission of the club, Nick worked hard to support its objectives – doing so with enthusiasm, kindness and respect. In turn, he earned the respect of those around him.

In honor of his memory, student members of the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsman Team and the SUNY Cobleskill Society of Agricultural Engineering have collaborated to raise an impressive $1,500 towards the Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship. Currently, there has been $2,000 raised. The scholarship goal is $10,000.

At the 2015 Timbersports Colligate Championship, held at the Schoharie County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 7, 2015, both clubs partnered to launch a fundraising effort in Nick’s honor. Members of the Society of agricultural engineering provided food for a customary meal for visiting competitors. The woodsman team provided free coffee and gifts, donated by SUNY Cobleskill Woodsman Team alum. All proceeds went to the Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship fund.

“I could not be happier with the eagerness and enthusiasm the club members have had in initiating this scholarship,” said Nick Testa, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering at SUNY Cobleskill and club advisor to the Society of Agricultural Engineers. “It was wonderful to see the two clubs work so nicely together for the common goal to help raise money. The overall goal is to endow this scholarship within the next two to three years. I am very excited to report that we are well on our way.”

“On behalf of the Woodsman’s Team here at SUNY Cobleskill we wholeheartedly support funding to this scholarship. Nick was a close friend to all of us and did so much for the team. He touched so many hearts in his time here and his memory will certainly not be forgotten,” said Rebecca Hotaling, SUNY Cobleskill student and Woodsman Team member.

Returning students enrolled at SUNY Cobleskill are eligible to receive the Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship if they possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. The recipient must be an outstanding active member of the Woodsmen Team or the Society of Agricultural Engineers.

For further information regarding the Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship, please contact Lois Goblet, SUNY Cobleskill’s Chief Advancement Officer, at 518-255-5524 or You can also reach the SUNY Cobleskill Office of Advancement at 518-255-5524.

*Photo Caption: Mr. and Mrs. Failla were presented the Nicholas Failla Memorial Scholarship by Nick Testa, Advisor to the Society of Agricultural Engineers, alongside the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsman Team at the 2015 Timbersports Colligate Championship.

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